Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement.
Phase 1 - Feasibility evaluation, proof of concept
Phase 2 - Technology adaptation/optimization
All terms to be negotiated between the Solution Provider(s) and the Client sponsor, as warranted. A successful technology will enable the development of a global consumer device.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELPDESK:
NineSigma, representing a Fortune 500 Consumer Packaged Goods company invites proposals for technologies that can heat a liquid within a closed package. The successful technology will rapidly (within one minute) and thoroughly heat a liquid contained in a sealed package for a consumer application. The packaging materials might consist of those typical for direct food contact, including plastics, glass, and aluminum. Technologies and technical adaptations from other industries, but with the size, form factor and/or ability to scale down to incorporate into a consumer device, are of significant interest.
The ability to heat small volumes of liquid rapidly has been the subject of technical development for a variety of end uses and industries. From a consumer perspective, devices that allow for convenient, rapid, and uniform heating have multiple applications, from camping equipment to on-demand coffee brewing to heating a bowl of soup in a microwave.
Efficient, uniform heating to a precise temperature, and through a variety of materials, proves challenging when in closed systems. The RFP sponsor seeks devices, systems, or platform technologies that have the ability to efficiently transfer energy into a closed system to heat a small volume of liquid. The challenge is to identify systems or devices that can account for differences in the insulation factors of various packaging materials, uniformly heat the entire volume of liquid (i.e. promote turbulence), and detect or measure the temperature of the packaged liquid to achieve a desired endpoint.
The client is interested in finding current technologies from adjacent industries that may be adapted to a retail or consumer system. Approaches that can be adapted to achieve some or all of the desired results are of significant interest.
The technology should:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
Your response should address the following:
Appropriate responses to this Request
Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a proof of concept.
You represent a company or university that has reduced method to practice at lab scale.
You represent a company or university that has developed a method for use at pilot scale.
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a method ready for implementation at industrial scale.
You represent a technology transfer agency that represents an inventor or technology holder who can demonstrate an approach to address the request.
You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration ready to adapt.
You represent a university research department that has an undeveloped pathway with a high probability of success.